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|78 T7||Annihilation (2018) - Apr 06, 2018
"This is a unique experience, it takes some time for the dust to settle and the exposition to bake into the film. Once we get there (about the alligator sequence), the film starts to unravel itself into a psychedelics meets science fractal deep dive. "
|62 T4||Heathers (1989) - Apr 06, 2018
"Greetings and salutations, Heathers is a film that just keeps escalating and as it does, it stumbles further and further into absurdity until it rivals a 1989 - Hobo With a Shotgun (what's your damage?). We explore teen angst, cliques, popularity, bleach poisoning, gay-venge & extreme lack of consequence. "
|67 T5||The Shape of Water (2017) - Apr 06, 2018
"I got big Amelie vibes from this. Mostly brought on by the fanciful score and inoffensive script. In terms of 'reading between the lines' we have a literal fish out of water story, with some loose racism to tie that notion into a 1960's black rights civil movement. Why del Toro wanted to explore that, I'm not certain. It felt like there was quite a lot left on the editing room floor too. 60's era set design should be highlighted tho, some parts had me thinking I was watching a Fallout cutscene."
|73 T6||Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) - Feb 19, 2018
"McDormand is a grizzly, rough bit of sandpaper, not exactly likeable and I didn't develop a sympathy for her, but that's because she was mostly consistent. The plot had decent enough offshoots which were tied up nicely when they were. Let the dust settle on this one & you won't catch yourself getting immersed."
|68 T5||Blade Runner 2049 (2017) - Feb 13, 2018
"Music & visuals were top notch. I got huge 'this is what ghost in the shell could have been' vibes throughout. The last 15 minutes is reprehensible but well lit, the same can be said about most scenes involving Leto. Stumbles over itself with existential mutterings about what life means to a processor based organism, occasionally made up for in brief tonal excellence, but those moments are all too fleeting, like tears in the rain."
|49 T3||The Belko Experiment (2017) - Feb 04, 2018
"Good pacing, superficial characters & a tight run time. It's really an exercise in hyper gore with not much justification, not even the low hanging fruit of the corporate ladder allegory, just a faceless something tacked on in the end."
|68 T5||Ingrid Goes West (2017) - Jan 27, 2018
"This makes a decent sister film to 'Nightcrawler', in the manufactured, crazed lone wolf niche. I guess the downside for me was how foreshadowing the plot-line was, the only real outlier was coincidentally the erratic brother who brought some (but not much) welcome unpredictability to the run time. This is another instance of 'Black Mirror' did it first, but IGW has another flavour & enough differentiators to not come across as completely derivative. "
|70 T5||The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) - Jan 20, 2018
"I'm a big Lanthimos fan after Dogtooth. That set the scene for his future films to slowly merge away from a familiar environment into something foreign and disturbing. TKoaSD has that slow burn you find in other European films like Verhoven's 'Elle', then as if to punctuate the 1st act, the film gets turned on its head to begin the 2nd. This ended up being a blend of 'Funny Games' and a shift passing, sinister daydream of a medical professional. "
|39 T2||The Untouchables (1987) - Jan 08, 2018
"That staircase sequence was a disaster. The mounty scene stood out like a sore thumb too. I have a feeling this got sidetracked for the most part & tried to tie itself back together with that whimper of a court scene. "
|58 T3||Dunkirk (2017) - Dec 11, 2017
"Has an element of minimalism, almost reminding me of a Malick production. Then there's the usual Nolan time theme, which is dropped in our laps with the realization the chronology is all scrambled throughout. At this moment, I was blinded by an image of Nolan smiling to himself, overjoyed with the idea that people will be forced rewatch the film to map out the plot correctly. A lot of the action scenes were nonsensical by the way, with the location & logic for events occurring heavily flawed."